Olafur Eliasson – Denmark
”Colour square sphere”, 2007 © Olafur Eliasson
Portrait: Thilo Frank/Studio Olafur Eliasson
Olafur Eliasson was born in Denmark to Icelandic parents in 1967. Eliasson’s works, described by the artist as ‘experimental setups’, span photography, installation, sculpture, and film. He represented Denmark at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003 and later that year installed The weather project at Tate Modern, London. The Harpa Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre, for which Eliasson created the facades in collaboration with Henning Larsen Architects, was awarded the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2013. His artworks appear in museums and collections worldwide, and he frequently carries out workshops and experimental collaborations with experts in fields ranging from natural science to philosophy to culinary arts. Eliasson lives and works in Copenhagen and Berlin.
The kind of experiments I do in my art require the freedom to take risks and to engage in work whose outcome is fundamentally uncertain. Guaranteeing a resale right for art is not only fair, it directly contributes to the artist’s ability to continue experimenting in his or her studio.’